That’s what makes me hesitate - the drum might not improve from being cut down. But since I figure I’m not selling the kit unless I have to, and I don’t want to have a bass drum sitting around thst I don’t use, maybe I have little to lose by cutting it down and everything to gain if it works out well.Hm, I doubt it will suddenly turn more resonant when cut down. More sensitive to lower dynamics, yes, but the shell is what it is. Do you know how tick it is? I think earlier ones were 10mm, later ones a bit thinner.
My Gretsch new Classic 20" is 10.5mm which is a lot but it somehow works. Started out as 20x18, I had it cut down before even taking it home, so I'm all for modding drums the way they fit you, but that scarcity argument above seems valid, too. You could get a Yamaha Absolute bass drum, or any 22x14 in natural wood. How does that Eames look with the toms?
The Eames is forest green with maple hoops and gold lugs. It actually compliments the kit really well.